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Day Two – Therefore

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Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

Sunday's Sermon

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Today's Devotional

 

Paul uses a little word in Colossians 3:5 that you probably didn’t notice as we read the passage on Sunday; that word is “therefore.” It’s a simple word that connects what has been previously said to the following thought. In that passage, Paul tells us that Christ is our life, therefore, put to death “whatever belongs to your earthly nature.”

It’s a word that we might be quick to look over, but it speaks volumes about Paul’s understanding for how we live. Put differently, Paul is saying, “Since this is the case, NOW you’re to live in this way.” And Colossians 3 isn’t an isolated occurrence of Paul teaching in this way.

In fact, virtually all of Paul’s commands about Christian living are spoken in the shadow of Christ’s cross. It’s why we, as Christians, never get past what Christ has done for us; we go deeper in Christ’s work. We always are called to live for Christ because of what Christ did for us.

It’s the same way in Romans 12 – in view of God’s mercy, offer yourselves as living sacrifices. This greatly blesses us in at least two ways. First, we see that Jesus is our Savior, not ourselves. We don’t do good to save ourselves. Second, our lives are changed because of Christ’s saving work. We do good to show thankfulness that Jesus paid it all.

 

Today's Challenge

 

Challenge: When you consider Christ’s saving work for you, what’s the first response that you have? Spend time today thinking about Christ’s great work of salvation.

Pray that you would live for Christ, not in order to save yourself but because Christ has saved you.

 

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